Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed his participation in this year’s Tour of Britain, which hits the Peak District next month.
Wiggins, who claimed his fifth Olympic gold medal at Rio and his eighth cycling medal overall, will race alongside fellow Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull and Jonathan Dibben under the Team Wiggins banner.
This will be Wiggins’ ninth Tour of Britain race, which gets underway on Sunday September 4.
It was announced last week that Britain’s record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish - who secured his first Olympic medal in Rio with silver in the Omnium track event - will ride for Team Dimension Data.
Stage three of The Tour of Britain, on Tuesday September 6, will feature a first visit to Cheshire East with a stage from Congleton to Tatton Park outside Knutsford.
The challenging leg will take in the A537 Cat and Fiddle road on the outskirts of Buxton, a steep climb of more than ten kilometres and the longest and highest climb of the entire 2016 race.
Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey, said: “This is tremendous news for the tour and can only further increase interest in this fantastic event.
“We are very proud to be hosting a stage fully within Cheshire East and look forward with great anticipation to seeing the roads of the borough lined with our residents enjoying this very special occasion.”
Stage Three will begin with the riders heading out from the market town of Congleton, before the peloton makes its way west, passing through Crewe and Nantwich, and then looping back on themselves towards Sandbach.
From there it is a weaving route north up towards the first passage of the finish line, which will be located in the heart of Tatton Park, where spectators will be able to see the race twice, plus watch the live coverage on a big screen.
After passing the line, riders will start a large loop taking them into the Peak District, including the ten-kilometre climb up to the Cat and Fiddle Inn, the second highest public house in England at 515 metres above sea level.
At the summit, the riders will turn back on themselves along the A54 down towards the Bosley crossroads, before racing back through Knutsford to the finish in Tatton Park.